Peter Dauvergne

Peter Dauvergne is an author and environmentalist. He is Professor of International Relations at the University of British Columbia.

His 13 books and more than 50 journal articles and book chapters have been translated into Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and French, among other languages.

His 1997 book, Shadows in the Forest, has been described as the first to explain „in intricate and devastating detail“ the role of Japanese corporations and trade in the politics of deforestation in Southeast Asia. This book won the International Studies Association’s 1998 Sprout Award for the best book in international environmental affairs. Dauvergne’s 2001 book, Loggers and Degradation in the Asia-Pacific, includes case studies from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and according to a review, the „account is at once both scholarly and muckraking.“

Dauvergne went on to research the consequences of consumption for global environmental change, as in his 2005 book with Jennifer Clapp, Paths to a Green World. He followed this with The Shadows of Consumption, which won the 2009 Gerald L. Young Book Award in Human Ecology. This book developed the metaphor of „ecological shadows“ to discuss the global harm caused to the environment by high levels of consumption in the developed world, and rising levels of consumption in the developing world.

After serving as an associate dean at UBC (2006-2008) and then as senior advisor to UBC President Stephen Toope (2008-2009), Dauvergne became director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues (2009-2014). He subsequently wrote Eco-Business (MIT Press, 2013, coauthored with Jane Lister), Protest Inc. (Polity Press, 2014, coauthored with Genevieve LeBaron) and his most recent book, Environmentalism of the Rich (MIT Press, 2016). In the latter book, he „mourns the loss of the spirit of outrage in mainstream environmentalism, especially concerned that the biggest global environmental groups have muted their campaigns and become less radical.“.

In 2000, Dauvergne was the founding editor of the Global Environmental Politics journal.

He is a chess master with an international FIDE rating of 2232. He is also the author of a popular article on why studying and playing chess can increase intelligence.

In 2016 the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association presented Dauvergne with its Distinguished Scholar Award.

In 2017 he received the American Political Science Association’s Michael Harrington Award for his book, Environmentalism of the Rich. This award is awarded for „an outstanding book that demonstrates how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world“.

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